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 This Month In Lambton 

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 Lambton EMS starting new program with help from Enbridge

Lambton EMS is beginning a new community program in 2020. Staff will be hosting sessions at EMS Stations throughout Lambton County to teach community members CPR and other emergency techniques.

The $7,500 donation from Enbridge will help fund the purchase of new CPR training mannequins and other equipment required for this program.

Event dates, times, locations and details will be announced in the New Year.

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 What's Your New Tourism Idea?

Tourism Sarnia-Lambton and Ontario Tourism Innovation Lab are looking for tourism innovators, idea makers and entrepreneurs in Lambton County.

The new “Spark” Program matches selected candidates with a tourism innovation mentor and provides a source of financial support to help take their great new tourism ideas to the next level of development.

The new Spark Tourism Grant Program is open to:

·         Individuals 18+ who live and/or work in Sarnia Lambton

·         Small Businesses (1-10 employees) based in Sarnia-Lambton

·         Non-Profits (1-10 employees) based  in Sarnia-Lambton

The application deadline is January 15, 2020.

Selected applicants will receive:

·         3-Month tourism industry mentorship

·         $3,000 “Spark” Grant

·         Access to a support network of tourism innovators, entrepreneurs, and leaders

Please contact Beverley at Tourism Sarnia Lambton at 519-336-3232 or visit www.tourisminnovation.ca/sarnialambton for more information.

Ribbon cutting at Ohana Landing Grand Opening

 Live-Streamed Council and Committee Meetings

In 2020, the County will be live-streaming Committee meetings in addition to Council meetings. You can access these live-streams through the County website, lambtononline.ca, by clicking "Streamed Council Meetings" on the right hand side of the homepage.

The first live-streamed Committee meeting will be taking place Wednesday, January 15, 2020.

 Vacancy Tax Rebate Ending

At its meeting on Wednesday, November 6, 2019, Lambton County Council eliminated the vacancy rebate for commercial and industrial property classes, effective the 2020 taxation year.

As was discussed during the meeting, the County of Lambton is following measures that several other larger municipalities have taken with respect to the elimination of vacancy rebates. The Province and a majority of municipalities have acted to eliminate these rebates because valuation methods and protocols have evolved and negated the reason they were created when Current Value Assessment was first introduced.

Property owners who cannot lease vacant premises will still be able to obtain relief through MPAC’s reassessment processes, but the time, effort and cost required for processing vacancy rebates will be eliminated.

Notification has been given to all local area municipalities that are impacted by this change. Eligible property owners will be able to apply for the vacancy rebate for the 2019 taxation year. The rebate will be eliminated effective the 2020 tax year.

 New Online Learning Program to Arrive at Lambton County Library

Lambton County Library cardholders will have access to a new online learning program starting January 1, 2020 that will give them access to over 3,000 educational courses.  Lynda.com is an online learning site where users can access courses that cover a variety of topics (including business, design, web development and multimedia skills) and software (Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite and open source applications) that can help users pursue personal and professional goals.  These courses are delivered by expert instructors and feature searchable transcripts that make it easy to find quick answers to questions. They also feature Certificates of Completion that can be uploaded to a LinkedIn profile.

A standard, personal subscription to Lynda.com costs $34.99 / month, but Lambton County Library cardholders will be able to access Lynda.com free of charge.  Visit the Lambton County Library website to learn more about the library's Lynda.com subscription, or visit a Lambton County Library location near you.

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 Bundle Up With A Book

Keeping kids entertained when the weather doesn’t cooperate can be a challenge. Visit your local library to ensure your kids are stocked up for hours of entertainment this winter. Physical literacy kits are targeted to ages 0-2 and 3-6 and they include a container of activity equipment that encourages movement based play and a bag of books that support and encourage movement. The equipment and books can be checked out together or separately - it’s up to you!

While your kids are at the library be sure to participate in our winter reading program, Bundle Up With A Book. For every visit to the library, kids and teens can fill out a ballot for their chance to win tickets to a Sarnia Sting game.  Upcoming Bundle Up With A Book events happening at Lambton County Library include:

Winter Carnival
Saturday, January 11, 10:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Drop-in, Sarnia Library

Join us all day for winter reading, fun and activities:

●  11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - Join us for a winter story time.
●  12:00 - 3:00 p.m. - Watch as a sculpture comes to life, with snow flying from the power tools belonging to a professional ice sculptor.
●  2:00 - 3:00 p.m. - Peggy from Heaven's Wildlife will visit the library to talk about animal hibernation and migration.

Wild Winter
Saturday, January 18, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Drop-in, Courtright Library

●  Peggy from  Heaven's Wildlife will visit the library to talk about animal hibernation and migration.

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 Snowshoes

If you don’t mind the cold, why not borrow a pair of snowshoes from your local library? Snowshoes are available in both adult and children’s sizes for a 7-day loan period. Make it a family day out!

Snowshoes are available at the following libraries: Alvinston, Brigden, Camlachie, Corunna, Forest, Grand Bend, Point Edward, Port Franks, Sarnia, Sombra, Watford and Wyoming. You can place holds on snowshoes through the Library’s online catalogue and have them sent to your local library. Please note that only two pairs of snowshoes can be borrowed per library card.

Borrowing Snowshoes with Lambton County Library

 December-ship at Lambton Heritage Museum

This year, give your friends and family a gift they can use all year long: a Lambton Heritage Museum Membership.

For the month of December, all new membership subscriptions will receive a complimentary copy of the book Grand Bend: Images of Yesteryear.

Memberships are $20 for a single membership and $30 for a family. Benefits of this annual museum membership include:

●  Unlimited free entry to all Heritage Sarnia-Lambton museums
●  I
nvitations to exclusive members-only exhibit openings
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10% discount at the Museum gift shop
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Receive the quarterly "Lambton Musings" newsletter

You can purchase a membership in person at the Museum, or by contacting the Museum at heritage.museum@county-lambton.on.ca or 519-243-2600.

Grand Bend Book

 Get Medieval! PA Day Event at Lambton Heritage Museum

Lambton Heritage Museum is inviting local students and their families to join us for our first PA Day Event of 2020, Get Medieval!

For one day only, drop in and experience the fascinating world of medieval times. Discover what it was like to live in the middle ages and learn about lords, ladies, castles, and knights through a variety of self-guided crafts and activities.

The program is open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 31, 2020. Regular museum admission rates apply. Admission is $5.00 for adults, $4.00 for seniors and students, $3.00 for children and $15.00 for families. Children four and under are free.

 Preserving your Family Documents

Lambton County Archives members are invited to learn about how to properly handle and digitize family documents at the Preserving Your Family Documents seminar with Archivist Nicole Aszalos. The seminar will take place on January 14, 2020 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Unsure of what to do with your old letters, certificates or photos? You will learn how to conduct basic conservation on your materials and simple tricks that will help you properly handle and digitize family documents for generations to come.

Pre-registration is required to attend. Members can pre-register by calling Lambton County Archives at 519-845-5426. Not a Lambton County Archives member? Visit the Lambton County Archives website to learn more about our memberships and fees.

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 Thank you from the Oil Museum of Canada

The Oil Museum of Canada held its second annual Christmas Open House on November 22, 2019. Instead of paying admission for the event, visitors were asked to donate non-perishable food items for the local food bank. Museum staff are very pleased and grateful to announce that because of the 130 very generous visitors, a mountain of food was delivered to the local food bank.

Erin Dee-Richard, Museum Supervisor/Curator said, "It's great to provide programming to our community that is well received, but it is even better to be able to give back to them in this way."

Thank you to everyone who visited the Oil Museum for the Christmas Open House and made a donation!

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 Be Prepared, Build a Kit

One of the best ways you can prepare for emergencies is to have enough supplies at home to feed and care for you and your family for at least three days following a crisis or disaster.  This is called a 72 Hour Emergency Supplies Kit and having one allows emergency responders and municipal officials to focus their efforts on people who have suffered significant loss.

Store the following items in an easy-to-carry container such as a duffel bag or plastic storage bin and leave your kit in an accessible area:

●  “Special needs” items for any member of your household (i.e. baby formula, diapers, prescription medication etc.)
●  First-aid supplies
●  A change of clothing for each household member (footwear as well)
●  Candles, matches or lighter
●  A sleeping bag or bedroll for each household member (in case you have to evacuate)
●  Flashlight and batteries
●  Battery-powered radio and extra batteries
●  Duct tape
●  Non-perishable food (this should be replaced every year)
●  Bottled water
●  Whistle (in case you need to attract someone’s attention)
●  Playing cards or games
●  Toilet paper and other personal care supplies
●  Extra car and house keys
●  Extra cash (change too – for vending machines etc.) and copies of important family documents (birth certificates, passports and licenses).

Learn more about preparing for emergencies at EmergenciesLambton.ca.

 2020 Celebrate Ontario Program

The 2020 Celebrate Ontario program has launched. Celebrate Ontario supports festivals and events that offer visitors and residents the best of the world in one province, 365 days of the year.

Celebrate Ontario supports programming improvements at new and existing festivals and events that attract tourists for longer stays, create great experiences for visitors and support communities across Ontario.

Festivals and events bring people together, showcase authentic Ontario experiences and support our diverse and thriving communities.

Please make sure to read the Celebrate Ontario 2020 Application Guide carefully for information on eligibility, funding priorities, and program details, as some changes have been made this year.

Information Sessions

To help with the application process, online information sessions are being offered via webinar and teleconference.

To register for a session, please choose your preferred option below:

·         French: Wednesday, December 11, 2019 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (EST)

·         English: Wednesday, December 11, 2019 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (EST)

·         English: Thursday, December 12, 2019 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (EST)

·         English: Tuesday, December 17, 2019 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (EST)

·         English: Wednesday, December 18, 2019 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (EST)

·         French: Wednesday, December 18, 2019 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (EST)

A Tourism Advisor can help you with questions about your Celebrate Ontario 2020 application.

The deadline to apply is Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. (EST).

Information about how to apply to the program is available on the Transfer Payment Ontario website.

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 Looking Ahead

Warden Bill Weber
Warden Bill Weber
County of Lambton

9:30 a.m., February 5, 2019 - Lambton County Council
9 a.m. & 11 a.m., January 15, 2020 - Committee A.M. & Committee P.M.

Agendas for past and present Committee and Council meetings are available online on the Council & Committee Agendas, Reports & Minutes page. Open Sessions of Lambton County Council and Committee meetings are streamed live and are available for archival viewing for a period of one year by clicking on the Streamed Council Meetings tab on the County website home page.

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